Since I always try to be honest, let me be honest…I’m not the happiest with my post-baby body. For several reasons (including that I really don’t enjoy exercising..haha), I haven’t lost the extra pre-baby weight I was trying to lose before I got pregnant! But it will happen eventually. For now, I have a couple tricks I use when getting dressed these days to help me feel better in the skin I’m in. I’m hoping these tips can help a fellow mama out! Those pesky extra pounds make me proud of
what my body accomplished, but I’m also ready to lose ‘em and feel like myself again. Ya feel me?
Also, lets be real. This is what I'n wearing the majority of the time:
1. High-waisted pants
I’m defining “high waisted” here as jeans and leggings that hit above the belly button/near the natural waist. They don’t need to be neighbors with your bra to be flattering! Denim that sits above any extra fluff we might have in the tummy area will do a marvelous job of smoothing the area.
This also holds true for leggings that hit at the same place on your tummy, as long as they’re made of a bit thicker material, and are form fitting. Leggings that are loose or very thin are not going to hold up quite the same way.
I’ve found that I feel pretty great about my body in slightly more form-fitting tops when I’m wearing high-waisted jeans underneath – like a way more comfy version of a corset! Smoothing out extra bumps just makes me feel a little more put together, without feeling the need to wear constricting shape-wear or an actual corset.
2. Flowy tops and looser fit tees
This might seem like a no brainer, but I’ve talked to some mama friends who feel like they have to wear 100% of their pre-baby wardrobe in order to be back to their regular selves. Not so! If you feel great in all your clothes you wore pre-pregnancy, go for it! But if a form-fitting tee isn’t making you feel like your best self, you don’t have to wear it. And you also don’t have to wear muumuus to “hide” what you might not feel awesome about at the moment.
Two of my favorite styles of tops to wear that are flattering without drowning your body, are loose-fit tees (I’m a casual gal probably 95% of the time) and flowy or tunic style tops. I will say, I don’t vary widely in my bottoms, I am almost always in skinny jeans or leggings if I’m wearing pants.
I feel the best about my legs post-baby, so I pair loose tops with skinny pants to have the most balanced and flattering look! Wearing loose on top and loose on bottom will just swallow you up without accenting any part of you! Look for tops that don’t hit too far below the bottom of your crotch (sorry for the gross sounding word) if you have short legs like me, to keep your legs looking as long as possible. You have more freedom in the flattering-shirt-length realm if you've been blessed with long stems!
If you’re wanting to wear a t-shirt, find a fit that sits at the hips, and isn’t tight on the tummy. If your tee is so oversized that it flows around the hips, it will most likely be hiding your whole torso in a boxy shape, which doesn’t do your smokin’ hot bod any justice!
3. A-line skirts and dresses
My favorite style of skirt and dress to wear has always been one with an a-line or fit-and-flare shape. They make me feel fun and feminine, and are flattering on pretty much every body type!
A skirt or dress that is form-fitting at the natural waist line and looser as it travels down is going to give you an hour-glass shape and not accentuate any areas that you might not be keen on.
Tucking a shirt (either looser or form-fitting) into an a-line skirt worn at the natural waist will create a flattering shape, and endless outfit opportunities!
Note: pencil skirts made from sturdy or thicker stretchy fabric (I’ve found regular jersey isn’t the best at flattering extra bumps) that hit at the natural waist instead of at the hips create a similar shape as high-waisted jeans or pants. They help hold in the soft tummy, and are still comfortable! I like pairing a pencil skirt with a looser shirt that’s tucked in, to provide a nice balance between loose and tight, and a shape on my body that I feel comfortable with!
Remember, though, the way you really dress a “mom bod” is: put on an outfit that makes you feel good, and rock it!!
Hey there! My name is Kirstie. I'm here to jot down what it's like for us to make our way in the world - having fun on a budget, refashioning and DIY-ing our hearts out, pursuing business ventures, and raising a sweet babe in this crazy world. Join me for a slightly haphazard journaling of my little family and our pursuits and adventures!